Wednesday, May 04, 2011 by: Neev M. Arnell
(NaturalNews) As people are turning away from chemical ingredients in everything from
Ever since i was a kid my parents grew many different vegestables and herbs everything from carrots to beets from thyme to parsley and we had many different apple and pear trees and many berry bushes gooseberries, redcurrant and blackberries. I loved seeing it grow from a little seedling, but for some reason my parents got lazy when i got in my teen years and stopped cultivating.
Today i grow on every spot i can get my hands on, everything is organic, and ive only been hit hard by insects once in when i was growing broccoli but still i had plenty good to eat. Its totally hyped up about meldug, insects and fungi, you just have to really think on what you're doing. And not buy your way outta the problem with pesticides, gmo and so on. The farmers fail by mono-cultivating on wrong step or weather act-up and they're screwed and the banks love it.
I live in Copenhagen so i refuse to grow other than non-edible plants in there, but luckely im good at finding patches to grow veggies on just outside the city and i have friends that dont use their nice gardens so i "occupy" em.
Homegrown is surely the best!!!!
Sorry for the eternal yacking :-)
Hi Daniel, We've also always had an organic garden out back, but I've had my share of all kinds of bugs and powdery stuff on plants. Some of my crops are totally wasted, or they won't grow properly. Its only been this bad just these past few yrs, about 8 yrs, or so.
Unfortunately we're not away from the industries around us, then there is the large int'l airport just 75 kms away. I'm beginning to think that the large amounts of chemtrailing in this area has been pretty bad for the past 4 yrs, where I've been noticing the small amount of pure sunlight we get throughout the year, and how the seasons have not been favorable for many crops.
I've acquired a few sacks of calcium bentonite clay that I'll be distribuitng throughout the entire garden. One of its purposes is to draw out toxins and heavy metals, and give it minerals back into the soil. We've always use organic compost we make ourselves with organics only.
It can't be all that bad, if I have loads of ants and slugs and other flying insects. That shows how organic it is, right?
Companion planting is also useful for pest control. Onions and leeks, for instance, planted with carrots, keep the carrot fly away. There are several good books on this subject and worth experimenting with.
Another good tip for keeping pests from doing too much damage is to intercrop generally, interspersing vegetables with flowers and herbs, and having several small patches of a vegetable rather than one large one. Perennial herbs can be grown in pots and moved around the garden. Most pungent smelling herbs and flowers have a repellent effect on bugs, and can even throw the foraging animals off the scent of your garden, too.
I'm having a big issue with ants and my sunflowers this year. They are leaf cutting like crazy, probably due to the crazy ass cold winter we had this year. They're probably making sure they store up food early due to being stuck underground for so long ;)
My sunflowers on the corner of the house stand almost 6 ft high right now but the others I planted on the side of the house are just not doing so well because they're being eaten alive.
I like the idea of mixing herbs, flowers and veggies together and little did I know that it can actually benefit all the plants. I learned something today :)
There's nothing I love more than blending many colorful plants together and creating a masterpiece of art under the sun. My gardens are growing from year to year since we bought our home 3 years ago. It's all a work in progress.
I dont know if you've tried any of these suggestions.?
Try mixing just a few drops of dishwashing liquid with water and diatomaceous earth and spraying your plants with it: http://www.internet-grocer.com/diatome.html
Best regards! Bruce
Thanks guys! I'm really all new to this because my family was living in an apt for many years before buying a home and being inside, you don't have to deal with all the critters on the outside ;)
NP. Found this video pretty interesting. Note what the guy says about the soap used in the mixture.!
I definitely will be using these home remedies on all my plants next year. My hostas are faring well and are very huge this year but I've seen a lot of leaf deterioration going on in the last few weeks. Damn bugs!!!
The sunflowers on the front corner of my house are going to be gorgeous! Even with some leaf damage, they will fare well. It's so cool because I started them as little itty bitty seedlings and they've grown into monstrosities.
Great to hear you have been hooked on your garden. :-)
I think you'll find this interesting.
WARNING: It seems to be an open question whether every single species of hosta is edible and therefore whether it is a good idea to try any unidentified hosta that you may happen across.